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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
Rs. 813,989
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Chad Warrick
20
US
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Desert Type BR0392-DESERT-CE
Rs. 212,345
Free shipping
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Exquisite Timepieces
39
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q178T471 Master Compressor Diving Chronograph...
Rs. 633,496
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European Watch Company
257
US
A. Lange & Söhne WWII Aviator FL23883
Rs. 552,534
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
327
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Rs. 468,221
Seller
Jansen&Co
23
PL
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe
Rs. 313,103
Seller
Watches of Lancashire
25
UK
TOP
Tutima Military Titan Fliegerchronograph für Bundeswehr
Rs. 145,722
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Private Seller
 
DE
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Limited Edition
Rs. 598,578
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Watch Philosophy
46
UK
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02
Rs. 633,496
Free shipping
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WatchBox
443
US
Panerai PAM339
Rs. 959,091
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Chad Warrick
20
US
Bell & Ross Horizon Limited Edition
Rs. 171,203
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
992
NL
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition
Rs. 692,551
Seller
Watchattitude
56
CH
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEALs
Rs. 553,424
Seller
Private Seller
 
FR
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare PAM00339
Rs. 824,196
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
327
UK
TOP
Bell & Ross BRV192-MIL-ST/SCA
Rs. 95,555
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days PAM00587
Rs. 501,885
Seller
CHRONO WATCH
129
UK
IWC Pilot´s Watch Top Gun Miramar Keramik Black Titan Automati...
Rs. 732,431
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
964
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar 87.2430.4054/21.C721
Rs. 775,059
Free shipping
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WatchBox
443
US
TOP
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
Rs. 404,251
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Navy Seals GMT
Rs. 1,366,086
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
TOP
Breitling Chronospace Military
Rs. 267,058
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Panerai Luminor 1950 Stainless Steel Watch PAM00217
Rs. 1,415,562
Free shipping
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Avi & Co NY
137
US
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare PAM00339
Rs. 824,196
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
327
UK
Longines L2.811.4.53.0 HERITAGE MILITARY 1918
Rs. 114,069
Seller
時尚站 COHERNTHK
5
HK
IWC Pilot's Chrono Limited Edition Top Gun Miramar IW388002...
Rs. 495,118
Free shipping
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WatchMen
73
US
Breitling Chronospace Military
Rs. 254,814
Seller
Xpetuo
35
IT
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni PAM 339
Rs. 562,714
Free shipping
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WatchBox
443
US
Bell & Ross Heritage - BR01-92 - Black Case Dial w. Brown...
Rs. 193,659
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Moyer Fine Jewelers
63
US
Breitling CHRONOSPACE MILITARY M7836622/BD39
Rs. 219,777
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Swiss Made Corp.
13
US
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Roestvrij Staal PAM00587 - W4035
Rs. 575,641
Seller
Xupes.nl
21
NL
Bell & Ross Vintage
Rs. 63,703
Seller
Private Seller
FR
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 PVD ( Full set )
Rs. 147,235
Free shipping
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exclusive-chrono.com
239
NL
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Automatic...
Rs. 755,683
Seller
Timepiece Bank
584
BE
Breitling Avenger Hurricane
Rs. 473,795
Seller
Ferret
69
FR
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph 1550SG
Rs. 342,406
Seller
Just In Time Watches di Claudio Tassinari
197
IT
Panerai Radiomir Militare Limited Edition PAM 587
Rs. 530,508
Free shipping
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WatchBox
443
US
Heuer 1550 SG Military Bundeswehr Chronograph Flyback Vintage 1A+
Rs. 342,327
Seller
Luxury-Time
537
DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Ceramic 7 Day IW501902
Rs. 481,244
Seller
Alux Watches
268
US
Panerai Radiomir 8 Giorni Brevettato Zwart Keramisch PAM00339...
Rs. 851,955
Seller
Xupes.nl
21
NL
Heuer Tag Heuer Bundeswehr 3h Chronograph Handaufzug Ref....
Rs. 376,647
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Zeitauktion GmbH
1326
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Rs. 278,703
Free shipping
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Entropia Watches
83
ES
Anonimo Militare Automatico limited edition black case...
Rs. 230,129
Seller
Timepiece Bank
584
BE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy...
Rs. 629,072
Seller
Ferret
69
FR
Panerai Special Editions Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare PAM587
Rs. 543,497
Seller
CHRONO.dk
97
DK
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe
Rs. 155,277
Seller
Leihhaus Schumachers
84
DE
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare 1940 3 Days Pam00587 ( New )
Rs. 557,326
Free shipping
Seller
exclusive-chrono.com
239
NL
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Automatic Bronze Mens Watch...
Rs. 428,214
Seller
SwissTimepieces.co.uk
30
UK
Zenith PILOT AERONEF 48 MM TYPE XX TOURBILLON
Rs. 3,210,656
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
74
MC
Bell & Ross BR 01-92
Rs. 159,179
Seller
The Watch Firm
404
AT
Panerai PAM00339 Marina Militare 8Days Composite limited edition
Rs. 480,838
Seller
Matsuda Housyoku Co., Ltd
26
JP
Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Military Automatic Leather Strap
Rs. 126,611
Seller
Timepiece Bank
584
BE
Breitling Chronospace Military
Rs. 254,814
Free shipping
Seller
Entropia Watches
83
ES
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph
Rs. 341,610
Seller
Timeless Watches & Jewellery AG
525
LI
Heuer Bund Ref. 1550 SG
Rs. 314,536
Seller
Meertz WORLDOFTIME.DE
218
DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar / 48mm
Rs. 676,770
Free shipping
Seller
exclusive-chrono.com
239
NL
Longines Heritage Military Automatic Stainless Steel Black...
Rs. 115,111
Seller
SwissTimepieces.co.uk
30
UK
Bell & Ross BR 03-92-S Command Automatic
Rs. 158,462
Seller
COMERZIA
261
ES
Zenith PILOT Type 20
Rs. 439,554
Seller
Horando Deutschland GmbH
85
DE
Panerai PAM 217 Destro Marina Militare Special Ed 47 mm
Rs. 990,589
Seller
Watches 24 Seven, LLC
69
US
Anonimo Militare Crono Black dial Steel - NEW
Rs. 222,166
Seller
Timepiece Bank
584
BE
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Military Watches: Beloved Amongst Military and Civilians Alike

Whether on water, land, or in the air, military watches are useful everywhere. They're robust, functional, and relatively affordable even when new. An older military watch with a documented history, however, can reach astronomical prices.

Everything to Know About Military Watches

  • Robust and legible
  • Famous watches like the Rolex Submariner or IWC Mark 11
  • Extensive vintage selection
  • Rare and expensive collector's pieces are good investments
  • Large selection of affordable everyday watches

From a Service Watch to a Cult Watch

Military watches should, above all, be reliable and fulfill their purpose - no more, no less. Failure while the watch is in use can result in grave consequences. Military watches have no superfluous extras. Stainless steel and plastic are the main case materials used, as gold watches for regular military equipment do not fit most budgets. A military watch can't be too expensive, seeing as they're distributed en masse to the troops.

In any case, there is no clear cut definition for a military watch. This is why some watches are labeled as military watches even though they were originally meant for civilian use. Usually, they have common military watch characteristics, but have been sold on the regular market like any other watch. Thus, a soldier may indeed be a customer, but these still aren't "real" military watches.

IWC Mark 11: Serving the Royal Air Force for Over 30 Years

Watches that exist solely because the air force, marines, or army requested them are rare. Most are only introduced later as part of the brand's regular selection of watches available to everyone. One example of a watch like this is the most well-known pilot's watch, the Mark 11 from IWC. Created in 1948 to fulfill the wishes of the British Ministry of Defense, it was first the service watch for the Royal Air Force. Both IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre delivered Mark 11s to pilots. The RAF gradually phased the watch out at the beginning of the 1980s. IWC continued developing the series, staying close to the original and also changing the numbers in the name to Roman numerals. The 2016 model is called the Mark XVIII. Clear and legible dials are no longer just for military pilots and their crews; they're a standard characteristic of IWC watches.

The same applies to some legendary diving watches. Blancpain developed the Fifty Fathoms for the French combat diving unit, Les Naguers de combat. The Fifty Fathoms featured a unidirectional bezel and has been competing with the Rolex Submariner for the title of the first diving watch in the world since its premiere in 1953. Blancpain offers the Fifty Fathoms in versions that are based on the one from 1953. There are also models in gold or white gold with special features such as diamonds or a tourbillon. These special watches are similar to the military watches in name only.

Watches for Combat Divers

The Panerai Radiomir has a similar history. The Italian Marines turned to Panerai in 1938, as they needed a reliable and legible diving watch. Panerai created a watch that was named Radiomir after the luminous, radioactive material used. The Marina Militare gave the elite combat unit Gamma the Radiomir. Initially, the timepiece was shroud in secrecy. After Panerai replaced the harmful radioactive material with a harmless one, the diving watch was renamed the Luminor in 1950. The Radiomir is available today once again, but the luminous hands and indices are not radioactive.

Two additional famous diving watches from the 1950s were also used by the military: the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster 300. However, the Submariner and Seamaster weren't originally conceived for the military. The Submariner had already been in production for four years when the British Ministry of Defense began searching for a good diving watch. They chose the Rolex, but not the regular, civilian version; rather, they asked for some changes. The metal bars for the strap were integrated into the case, and the strap became a continuous textile strap (NATO strap) so the watch couldn't be lost. The larger bezel is made of silver, a relatively soft metal which doesn't suffer cracks or break on impact. Rolex used tritium as the luminous material. These models have an encircled T on the dial above the depth indicator. Rolex produced these military Submariners until the late 1970s.

The Seamaster: Originally for Pilots, Now for Marines

The British military also used the Omega Seamaster. However, unlike its name would suggest, the Air Force were the first to use the timepiece. At its start in 1948, the Seamaster wasn't a diving watch. It only became a diving watch when the Seamaster 300 model was released in 1957. The Omega Seamaster 300 was soon part of the Royal Navy's Special Boat Service gear. Today's Seamaster 300's design is reminiscent of the version from 1957.

For years, the Vostok Amphibia enjoyed cult status in the West as well. This watch is an inexpensive, mechanical Russian diving watch. Its construction and design have barely changed since its introduction in the late 1960s. In order to fulfill the demands of the Soviet Ministry of Defense, designers Michail Novikov and Vera Belov came up with a revolutionary sealing concept. The deeper one dives, the more intensely the edge of the Plexiglas pushes against the o-ring, which creates a seal protecting the front side of the watch. The stronger the water pressure is, the better the waterproofness is. The case back is positioned on a large rubber ring and a steel ring is also screwed on to the case. This results in both the case back and o-ring pressing against the case. Unlike other well-known diving watches, the case back is not screwed down. The Amphibia's rubber ring is neither horizontally compressed or stretched, which can happen when a screw-down back is tightened or loosened. Thus, the o-ring must only be changed in exceptional cases, while in regular diving watches, the piece is considered expendable.

With the Chronospace Military, Breitling introduced a watch that proclaimed to be a military watch directly in its name. It's powered by a quartz movement and has an analog as well as a digital display. The Chronospace Military features an alarm function, a timer, and a second time zone display. It's waterproof to 50 m (5 bar), which isn't particularly impressive for a 4,000-euro watch that claims to be a military watch.

Countless watches in a less expensive price range carry the title Swiss Military. These watches fall into three different categories: Swiss Military from Bubendorf, Swiss Military Hanowa from Möhlin, and Swiss Military by Chrono from Solothurn. Less expensive quartz watches play an important role in the Swiss Military market.

In any case, the less expensive and reliable quartz watches have prevailed amongst the military and are still worn by troops today. Navy SEALS use Luminox watches. Soldiers often wear a Traser or a Casio. A Submariner or Fifty Fathoms is no longer a piece of military equipment, but rather a luxury item.

Buying Advice

Are you looking for a sporty watch that also functions perfectly in adverse conditions? Military watches are not only functional, but incredibly robust and legible as well. Some military watches have even reached cult status.

The Submariner is one of the most famous watches of all time. The incredibly rare, early version of the Submariner has the reference number A/6538. Other reference numbers to keep an eye out for are 5513, 5517, and 5513/5517. However, a search for the 5513 results in not only military Subs, but civilian Submariners as well. The 5517 is especially sought after; it can be identified partly by its sword hands. The price of a military Submariner heavily depends on its condition and availability. Even a non-military Rolex watch, reference number 6538 from the 1950s, costs around 40,000. The military version is much more expensive. Over the course of 30 years, there were only 1,200 - 1,300 military Submariners produced, making prices over 100,000 possible. A few 5517s have already been sold for almost 150,000 euros. Frequently, dealers only first reveal their desired price upon request.

As a buyer, you have to decide if you're more interested in a historical or modern military watch. The price is often the same. A German pilot's chronograph with one push-piece from Hanhart from the Second World War costs around 8,000 - 9,000 euros. A new automatic Blancpain Fifty Fathoms diving watch with a traditional design also costs around that amount. For the Fifty Fathoms versions with a red gold case, you should plan to pay around 23,000 euros.

However, these price ranges are not typical. Normally, modern military watches are good everyday watches with an excellent price-performance ratio. When new, you can usually buy them for less than 1,000 euros; this especially applies to quartz-powered watches. A mechanical Vostok Amphibia costs less than 100 euros and has an in-house automatic caliber, 2146 B.

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